It’s that time of year in Atlanta. That’s right folks! It’s tomato planting time! I’ve got a great big ‘ol yard…but it has a couple of challenges. First of all, I live in a Southern rain forest. My entire lot is covered with trees and I need a place with full sun to grow my veggies. My backyard looks like this.
See all the trees? Great privacy and I can walk around naked all I want to. Completely wooded except for the concrete fishing hole and aquatic basketball court. By the way, my big ‘ol backyard is protected by this.
Okay, so I’ve got a lot of woods and I’ve got a big ‘ol dog. I’ve also got this.
It’s the only other place in my yard that gets full sun. Some see a 20 year old, crappy hot tub that we’ve never even used once in the four years that we’ve lived here…but I see potential. Yes, I see food. Let the transformation begin!
I use my crapentry skills and frame this sucker up. I screw some brackets into the side of the tub and install some stolen 2 x 4′s to support a platform that’s about to hold an ass-load of weight.
I get stung by the season’s first sweat bee. Dammit those little suckers pack a wallop. Then, I get harassed by the season’s first wasp. I eliminate him in short order with a redneck fly-swatter and some pent up tae kwon do moves.
I’m thinking tomato’s, peppers, cucumbers and of course, some okra ’cause I like my vegetables with hair on them. It’s hot as hell, I’m sweating my balls off and my skin is about to ignite. I finish my frame and start on my platform.
I finish my platform and line the tub with plastic to protect the plywood underneath that is about to hold an ass-load of weight.
I need some excitement in this project, so I figure out a reason to use this.
I make some drain holes in my platform.
Here comes the ass-load of weight.
I’m standing knee deep in dirt, sunburned, bee-stung, hot and sweaty. My head is on fire, my back hurts…gee isn’t gardening fun? How could I possibly make this even more uncomfortable? Just add….
I add a few bags of the manure to my topsoil, plant a few veggies, and there you have it!
My Big ‘ol redneck hot-tub container garden! It’s about 8′ x 8′ and I planted fifteen plants in there. Four types of tomatoes, jalepano, yellow, green and red peppers, cucumber bush and some hairy okra.
The so-hot-that-a-man-actually-poked-out-his-eyeballs-so-that-she’d-be-the-last-image-he-would-ever-see, Mrs. Abeerforbreakfast admires the finished project and is pleased. She sees the project and not only sees food…she sees food that I’ll be cooking!
I’ll post a picture of this project each week. Who knows, I may even invite friends of abeerforbreakfast.com for an end of season barbecue using veggies that I grew as ingredients…but I doubt it.
Where some folks saw the previous home-owners crappy old hot-tub…I saw food!
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